Emeritus Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is Professor of Research at the School of Māori and Pacific Development, at the University of Waikato. With other degrees in Art History and English, her PhD (1981) was in psychology. This experience contributed to her writing an early (1991) monograph on Māori research ethics. For years she worked in the heritage and creative sectors, as a curator, governor, and activist/advocate. Her research interests include gender issues, museums, body modification, power and powerlessness, spirituality and ritual.
Darrin Hodgetts is a Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Waikato. Previously he was a teaching fellow at Massey University, and then held a post-doctoral fellowship in Community Health at Memorial University, Canada, followed by a lectureship at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
Mohi Rua is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato. Prior to this, he was a Senior Research Officer in the University’s Māori and Psychology Research Unit.
Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is a Senior Research Fellow at the Te Kōtahi Institute, University of Waikato, and Director of Māori And Indigenous Analysis Ltd, a Kaupapa Māori research company. Her extensive research interests cover whānau, economic transformation and national identity. She has a long history of involvement in Māori education, including te kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori (total immersion pre–schools and schools), and has published widely.
Associate Professor Paul Kayes is Academic Registrar and Director of Te Whare Taiao – Institute of Indigenous Science at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. He has responsibility for implementing the Institute’s strategic plan and through that working with iwi especially in areas such as marine biology and customary fishing. He has developed a range of new science programmes at Awanuiārangi. Previously Paul was Head of the Applied Sciences School at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.